The Poor and The Disconnected

This post was updated:  I was unable to find the report on the Development Ministry site, but I looked up the lowest poverty threshold for 2012 on TUIK (Turkish Statistical Institute): 3582 TL (2012 was the year they changed to YTL). The poverty line is calculated at $2.15 purchasing ability or $4.3 a day per individual. 

Turkey’s Development Ministry issued a new report on the distribution of poverty across Turkey. 16% of the population is poor, defined as a 4-member family living under 4515 TL month. They take no vacations and have very little access to technology like the Internet or even cellphones. The poverty rate spikes in the east where in some provinces 13-14% of the population is poor, fewer than 4% of the poor have computers (compared to 42% in Istanbul) and 1% have Internet. It is noteworthy that even in Istanbul the poverty rate is a shocking 10% (I’m rounding off the numbers; it’s officially 9.6), that’s one out of every ten people.

You can download a 2014 comparative report here on poverty in Organization of Islamic Cooperation (COMCEC) countries that include Turkey. It’s also interesting that OIC seems to be the group against which Turkey’s Development Ministry most commonly measures itself in its reports. Turkey does indeed look good when compared to other Islamic countries. But why not also OECD? (I was also unable to locate the Turkish poverty study referenced in the news article on the ministry website.)

3 Responses to “The Poor and The Disconnected”

  1. $2125 a month? That’s higher than the US poverty line. That seems odd.

  2. $2125 can’t be right. It’s several times the minimum wage in Turkey and higher than the minimum wage in Canada. Even 2125 TL is high.

    Also, according to those numbers the East is less poor (13-14%) compared to Turkey as a whole (16%). Either that report is wrong or it’s being badly misinterpreted.

  3. Now you have it:

    T.C. Kalkınma Bakanlığı Yayın No: 2880, “TÜRKİYE’DE YOKSULLUĞUN ÖLÇÜLMESİ”, Eda DOĞAN.

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